Pluto Has Liquid Water Ocean Below Its Ice, Claims A Study

Pluto Has Liquid Water Ocean Below Its Ice

Ever since the New Horizon Pluto Mission has started reporting, Pluto has been surprising us with its folds of mysteries and gorgeous views. In 2015, we got to see what exactly Pluto the space rock looks like, as we only knew it as a shining object when we peeped into in the night sky via our powerful telescopes. The New Horizon mission sent some highly adorable images of this ex planet, which scientist had kicked out from the solar system in 2006, claiming that it’s just a space rock.

The visionary mission also gave us several glimpses of the surface of Pluto and its Moon Charon, which is also called Pluto I, the largest moon ever discovered with an exoplanet.

Now, a series of pictures of the former ninth planet have hinted that it could have a liquid water ocean flowing below its upper icy surface. And, according to scientists, it is probably the biggest discovery of this mission so far.

The above image of Pluto’s surface shows the activities taking place below the frozen shell of the planet. These tectonic scarring (which also means that tectonic activities are present even in dwarf planets of the Kuiper Belt) on the surface of this rocky space object suggest that there is liquid water below its ice cover.

But, the biggest question here is what’s keeping the water in liquid state in such a chilly environment? Scientists at the Brown University state that the core of the planet could be a plausible reason. And, if there is hot water running underneath, there are possibilities that it could boast signs of organism.

On the contrary, there is another theory that suggests that it could be the gravitational force of Charon, the moon of the dwarf planet, which is half its size, causing those features on Pluto’s surface. However, the supporters of this theory can be counted on fingers.